New conserve water educators guide now available

August 17, 2000

In the midst of one of the driest summers in many parts of the United States, the headquarters of The Watercourse and International Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is releasing the Conserve Water Educators Guide, a new publication of The Watercourse's national water conservation education division.

"The need for water conservation education is greater than ever," said Dennis Nelson, Executive Director of The Watercourse and International Project WET. "As many regions of the United States face drought conditions and water shortages caused by reduced snow pack or below average precipitation, water systems are being required to meet growing needs with shrinking supplies."

The new Conserve Water Educators Guide is designed to help educators, water managers, and community leaders to inform others about basic water science topics with a focus on water conservation.

A companion piece, the Conserve Water Student Activity Booklet, and the Educators Guide, provide teachers and students with contemporary materials. "The colorful 16-page Conserve Water Student Activity Booklet is filled with challenging games and activities and helps children understand what they can do to conserve water," says Sandra DeYonge, Project WET U.S.A. Director.

The release of the Conserve Water Educators Guide and the Conserve Water Student Activity Booklet is part of The Watercourse's ongoing commitment to provide educators, resource managers, and interested citizens with contemporary, scientifically accurate water science education publications and programs. Established in 1989, The Watercourse currently has 16 water education divisions (i.e., watersheds, wetlands, and ground water) and programs in 48 states, the U.S. Islands, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, and the Peace Corps.

"People everywhere are being asked to use water more efficiently," Nelson said. "The idea of conserving water becomes relevant when citizens are challenged to use less water and still meet their needs."
To purchase a copy of the Conserve Water Educators Guide or Conserve Water Student Activity Booklet, contact The Watercourse at 406-994-5392 or by email at

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